Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
March 20On March 20, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the Menendez brothers’ chilling murder case resulted in a life sentence verdict in 1996. We also take a look back on the day Patty Hearst was found guilty of armed robbery after joining forces with a terrorist group, and on the day of his birth, we profile film maker Spike Lee.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
March 21On March 21, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the show “Dallas” ended its season with a shocking question: “Who shot J.R.?” in 1980. We also take a look back on the day a congressional testimony revealed the C-I-A’s 20-year program of illegally opening mail, and on the day of his birth, we profile actor Matthew Broderick.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
March 22On March 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Jamaican immigrant Colin Ferguson was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 after he opened fire, killing six people. We also take a look back on the day Bell Telephone Laboratories patented the laser in 1960, and on the day of his birth, we profile Canadian actor William Shatner.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
March 23On March 23, “Through the Decades” remembers the day President Regan proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative – or “Star Wars” – as a solution to combat the Soviet Union in 1983. We also take a look back on the day Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel tied the knot in 1985, and on the day of his birth, we profile multi-talented musician Chaka Khan.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
March 24On March 24, “Through the Decades” remembers the day Rock and Roll star Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. army in 1958, where he would serve two years. We also take a look back on the day the John F. Kennedy half-dollar coin was released in 1964, and on the day of his birth, we profile the master of magic – Harry Houdini.
Sat 8:00AM ET
Guilty PleasuresThrough the Decades remembers some of America’s favorite guilty pleasures, including professional wrestling, Hall and Oates' genre-breaking album, and the comedy variety show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.